Saunders Architecture recently unveiled the Fogo Island Inn, a contemporary new hotel that boasts spectacular views over one of Canada's most beautiful landscapes. Built using locally-sourced timber near the North Atlantic, the modern inn was designed as an addition to the architects’ ongoing design and construction of six tiny art studios as commissioned by the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. Thus far, Saunders Architecture has completed four of the six tiny homes.
Composed of two intersecting building masses, the X-shaped contemporary hotel was built using white-painted, locally milled Black Spruce to make the inn look like a natural extension of the wintry landscape. The two-story west to east volume contains public spaces like the gallery and library. The four-story volume contains all 29-guest rooms and is strategically placed parallel to the coast to offer spectacular views over the North Atlantic. Dozens of angled columns lift the end of the inn closest to the water in order to minimize the built impact on the fragile coastal landscape.
Inside, the architects worked closely with local carpenters and craftspeople to establish an interior design steeped in the local vernacular. In addition to light wooden flooring and ample natural light, the use of traditional Newfoundland elements such as the inclusion of wood burning stoves and local textiles imbue a sense of warmth and welcome. The inn also features a number of public spaces, including a curated art gallery, library, dining room, cinema, and a roof deck with saunas and outdoor hot tubs overlooking the ocean.
The modern inn was also built using ecological and sustainable elements. A highly insulated steel frame and triple-glazed windows fortify the inn against the winter elements. Rainwater and snowmelt are collected into giant cisterns, where they are filtered and later reused to flush toilets. Solar panels help power hot water for in-floor heating and various kitchen and laundry equipment.